Thanksgiving Leftover Panini

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
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The leftover Thanksgiving feast in your fridge is waiting to be transformed. Turn it into this warm, crispy, seasonal panini.

Don’t let that extra turkey go to waste! What may seem like a lost cause is actually a miracle for your upcoming weekly meal prep. Roasted turkey breast is a versatile PowerFuel option that you can incorporate into a variety of Flex meals. We sliced it up and piled it onto a warm, grilled sandwich with your leftover cranberry sauce, salad and Swiss cheese.

To create this post-holiday panini, you will need a whole wheat sandwich thin or another high fiber bread option. Fill it up with two ounces of leftover turkey, a tablespoon of cranberry sauce, a slice of Swiss cheese and two lettuce leaves. You can also feel free to add any other leftover non-starchy veggies or salad that you still have around. Once you assemble your sandwich, you can grill it up in a panini press or greased skillet until the cheese is melted and bread is crispy. Enjoy round two of Thanksgiving dinner!

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One serving of this Thanksgiving Leftover Panini contains 298 calories and counts as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels and one Extra on the Nutrisystem program. Being accountable of your food intake after a big holiday can help you get back on track with your weight loss. Our online tracking app, NuMi, makes it easy and perfectly complements your Nutrisystem program. Click here to easily log your panini in NuMi!

Everything tastes better inside a panini. Try these other Nutrisystem-approved recipes:

Still craving the flavors of Thanksgiving? You can enjoy Nutrisystem’s Roasted Turkey Medallions all year long!

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Servings: 1

Calories per Serving: 298

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels and 1 Extra


  • 1 whole wheat sandwich thin
  • 2 oz. leftover turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. cranberry sauce
  • 1 slice Swiss cheese, reduced fat
  • 2 lettuce leaves


  1. Lay out one half of the bread and top with cranberry sauce, Swiss cheese, turkey and lettuce. Finish with the other half of the bread.
  2. Grill sandwich in a panini press or on a greased skillet. Cook until cheese has melted.
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